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I was born and raised in Greenfield and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Woven and Constructed Textiles from Indiana University in Bloomington. My first encounter with weaving was instant love and I have never looked back.
While I raised two children, I spent several years working on my designs and making items whenever I had spare time. This allowed me to progress my concepts and maintain my weaving skills. After moving to Chicago, I began teaching in a Fashion Design department and received
I express my artistic voice through pattern and color. Weaving is the medium that enables my visions to become reality. Each handwoven fabric uses alpaca, bamboo or silk yarns and leverages the myriad arrays of colors and endless permutations of geometric designs available through complex weaves. I modify traditional weaves to create unique patterns with updated designs and color palettes for contemporary tastes. The dobby pattern weaves are small repeated geometric shapes which align with my need for order and provide a framework for the color and texture to explore.
Then I use my fabrics as others use paints or inks. Like a pointillist, I create pieces that delight from afar yet reveal new intricacies upon closer inspection. The fabrics create a kaleidoscopic work of intersecting designs and patterns. Sometimes I use it metaphorically to represent a deeper message, as in my Mother Earth series.
Fiber speaks to my sense of order. There is a never-ending source of color options and my hands always stay clean! My tools are texture, color and pattern. When combined, they produce tactile dimension as well as visual impact in my finished works.
Art From the Heartland Exhibition, Indianapolis Arts Center June 19-Aug. 4, 2020
American Craft Show (ACC) St. Paul, MN Oct. 9-11, 2020
Artwork range: $250 – $2,500
Wearable range: $250 – $895
BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MA from DePaul University, Chicago, IL
American Craft Council
Complex Weavers Guild
Handweavers Guild of America
Best of Show – 2019 Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee
Best of Show – 2016 Bucktown Art Festival, Chicago
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